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CROP PRODUCTION COSTS, PROFITS, AND ECOSYSTEM STEWARDSHIP WITH PRECISION AGRICULTURE

  • DAVID SCHIMMELPFENNIG (a1)

Abstract

Ecosystem stewardship is an important goal of crop production management. The developing question has been the feasibility and profitability of best management practices (BMPs) associated with stewardship goals. Treatment-effects empirical estimates show that soybean crop ecosystem stewardship is likely to benefit from precision agriculture's (PA) information technologies to varying degrees. After accounting for the effect of overhead expenditures on technology adoption, and input costs on operating costs and profits, we show PA technologies also affect at least six BMPs. In one comprehensive framework, PA technologies affect profits, and improve crop production management through BMPs, with benefits for ecosystem stewardship.

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Thanks to my branch chief, Jim MacDonald, and the rest of the Resources and Rural Economics Division management team including Cindy Nickerson and Marca Weinberg. Thanks also to conference participants at the Global AgInvesting Tech Week in San Francisco, June 22–24, 2015, and Ryan Williams of Information Services Division at Economic Research Service (ERS) for valuable research assistance. The article uses confidential U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Agricultural Statistics Service data from the Agricultural Resource Management Survey. The views expressed are those of the author and should not be attributed to the ERS or USDA.

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CROP PRODUCTION COSTS, PROFITS, AND ECOSYSTEM STEWARDSHIP WITH PRECISION AGRICULTURE

  • DAVID SCHIMMELPFENNIG (a1)

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